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Earth to Clunk Hardcover – May 12, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (May 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803734395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803734395
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Berger’s artwork , with its Southern California–bungalow cheeriness, has a wonderful way of . . . stirring the ingredients into broad, spirited humor. Rarely have school letter-writing exercises been so much fun.”
(Kirkus)

“Smallcomb expertly channels a sarcastic kid who’s secretly a softie.”
(Publishers Weekly)

“Friendships can blossom in the most unexpected ways and places. This is science fiction with a homey touch for the youngest readers.”
(School Library Journal)

“Tongue-in-cheek text from a Maryland author is a lively match with Joe Berger’s hysterical illustrations.”
(Baltimore�s Child)

About the Author

Pam Smallcomb lives in Germantown, Maryland.

Joe Berger lives in Bristol, England.

More About the Author

Pam Smallcomb is NOT: tidy, a morning person, or good at math (especially long division). She is not going to jump out of an airplane, even with two parachutes.
She IS skilled at making chocolate fudge (and eating it) and giving hugs, and is easy to get along with (except in the mornings).
Pam lives in rural Maryland with her husband and a bunch of kids and pets. This is her first picture book. Visit her on the Web at pamsmallcomb.com.

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Illustrations are fun.
B. Jackson
The artwork is bright, expressive and engaging, and adds a lot to the humor, sometimes in subtle ways.
Dienne
My four-year-old and I are reading it nightly, per his request.
Amy Henry

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy Henry TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the funniest new titles we've found this year. My four-year-old and I are reading it nightly, per his request. The illustrations are amazing....not cutesy but not too complex either...the kid's expressions are right on too. You have to love a little guy that sends his sister to a distant planet, and doesn't want her back.

Hopefully this book will lead to more adventures with Clunk and the Zoid!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janie Emaus on May 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most adorable books around. I just loved it and my grandkids can't enough of it. It has everything. An annoying big sister, an alien, a little brother. And the illustrations are superb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dienne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Personally, I always liked having pen pals. In fact, I always sought out as many as possible. But I can understand why some kids wouldn't like pen pals. If you're not interested in distant places and different cultures, what's the point of writing to someone far away that you'll never meet? It is a lot of work to keep up with.

The unnamed boy in this story is especially irked that he has to write to a space alien named Clunk from the planet Quazar. He's absolutely *NOT* going to write a letter. In fact, he's going to teach that Clunk a lesson. So he sends him his big sister. That'll teach him.

Apparently, however, Clunk didn't' get the insult. He sends the boy a Zoid (or, perhaps that was meant to be insulting too?). The boy (now followed merrily by the Zoid) tries everything to get his message across: go away. He sends a boxful of dirty socks, a scary picture of Earth, a toilet plunger and a string of Christmas lights. But each time, Clunk just tops those "gifts" with scarier gifts of his own.

Unfortunately, however, the boy's mom wants his sister back (only because she has chores to do, apparently). So the boy leaves it up to Clunk whether or not to return his sister, enclosing the note in a lump of gooey lasagna.

And then he waits. And waits. And waits. Perhaps he's gone too far. Maybe Clunk won't send any more packages. Ever. It's amazing how you can miss something you never wanted in the first place.

But then finally another package arrives with a note, sister enclosed. "I liked the glob you sent me to eat. I did NOT like your sister. Here is a glob from Quazar." Hey, maybe Clunk isn't so bad after all. And that glob wasn't too bad either.

This book is delightfully, if rather snarkily, humorous.
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The boy in this book is told to write to his pen pal as a school project (Clunk, an alien) but he doesn't want to but eventually he comes around and finds he has a new friend. The pictures are fun as is the story but it has a message. . . Sometimes the things adults make you do turn out to be fun. My 5 year old loves this story and it offers some good reading aloud language and feelings. We had friends over and the kids wanted to read it over and over. Well worth picking up a copy. Older children could use it as a jumping off point for discussing feelings, or as an introduction to a pen pal project.
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By Cathleen Cantu on February 4, 2014
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Earth to Clunk is my kids FAVORITE book. Cute and an easy read for them. Waiting for more books from Pam Smallcomb.
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